Britain is heading for a sizzling two-week heatwave with temperatures set to soar into the nineties, forecasters predicted today.
The sun was expected to blaze across the country over the next fortnight, with London, the south east and the Midlands catching the most rays.
British Weather Services expert Jim Dale said: "We're going to hit the magical figure of 90F (32C)."
He added that the good weather would coincide perfectly with the early part of the school holidays.
"It's going to be the hottest time of the year. In the last week of July and the first week in August, there will be a sustained heatwave.
"The UK will be sucking up tropical air from the south," the senior forecaster explained.
"The temperatures in the surrounding seas are a Celsius degree warmer than they were this time last year. This cocktail makes for potentially high temperatures."
The two-weeks of warm weather will be "dotted with thunderstorms", Mr Dale added.
He said there was an outside chance the previous record for the highest temperature in the UK could be broken.
This was recorded at Cheltenham in Gloucestershire on August 3 1990, when temperatures reached 37.1C (98.8F).
The heatwave follows some of the worst weather the UK has seen for centuries after severe floods earlier this year.
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